Shamus Khan

Associate Professor of Sociology

Director of Graduate Studies 


Shamus Khan works primarily within the areas of cultural sociology and stratification, with a strong focus on elites. He is the editor of public culture, and the director of graduate studies in the department of sociology. He is the author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul’s School (Princeton 2011); The Practice of Research (Oxford 2013, with Dana Fisher), and am completingExceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (Princeton, forthcoming). With Dorian Warren, he the director of a Russell Sage Foundation working group on “The Political Influence of Economic Elites;” he also serves as the principal investigator on a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project using the New York Philharmonic archives to uncover the character of their subscribers from the 1870s-present.  In addition to his primary focus, he also write in the areas of gender theory, deliberative politics, and research methodology. Khan writes regularly for the popular press, including a recent stint as an opinion columnist for Time Magazine.


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